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Remembering One Life to Live on the 10th Anniversary of its Final Episode on ABC

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of the final broadcast of ABC’s One Life to Live. The beloved soap opera was canceled back in April of 2011 along with All My Children, and continued to air till January 13, 2012.

As the story goes, after some false starts, the show wound up in the hands of Prospect Park in an attempted online reboot of the series which lasted some 40 plus episodes, and one season on Hulu in 2013.

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Agnes Nixon’s brainchild first took to the airwaves back on July 15, 1968 on ABC, and tackled many of the social issues of our time, delivered unforgettable performances, beloved soap on-screen couples, and often humorous and edgy storylines.

When the soap was initially canceled by ABC, we took to our former site to share our thoughts in the piece here back in 2011.

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At the end of its 43-year-run it was then EP Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati who took the show to third place in the ratings among six soaps, and delivered a one-two punch of heart, humor, and drama to close out the ABC run of  One Life. (We have posted the final episode below).

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Through the years the actors who graced the screen were ,and are, some of the all-time great actresses including: Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, Judith Light, Jessica Tuck, Susan Haskell, and so many more.

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It also brought us the talented actors including: Al Freeman Jr., Roger Howarth, Trevor St. John, Gerald Anthony, Michael Zaslow, Robert S. Woods, Ryan Phillippe, Nathan Fillion, and the list goes on.

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Below, rewatch the final episode, and the extremely well-crafted and delivered speech given by the character of Viki on the penultimate episode, how soap operas touch so many lives a la “Fraternity Row” (But, as we all know, the show was speaking directly to the longtime viewers at home about their cancellation!)

Those videos are followed two emotional interviews we conducted on the final press day of ABC’s One Life to Live with Kassie DePaiva and Kristen Alderson, then Hillary B. Smith and Robert S. Woods that we are reposting here.

Now, share your thoughts and remembrances of when you watched the final episodes of One Life to Live, and how you still miss it to this day via the comment section.

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Shari
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Shari

I miss it every day!!

Joe
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Joe

Agreed

JHurley
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JHurley

I can’t count how many times in the last 10 years I said to myself, “I miss ‘my’ life to live.” Hope I live long enough to at least see old episodes stream…

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Not a day goes by that I don’t miss One Life to Live. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the last network episode. I was there for the first episode July 15, 1968 and the last January 13, 2012. Viki’s speech says it all. There will forever be a giant whole in my heart for all the fascinating characters, stories and outstanding actors of One Life to Live.

Jones Cathy
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Jones Cathy

Miss this soap!!love for it to come back!!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I still never understood why it was taken off when it had good ratings. Frank and Ron were giving me a show that I had to tune into every day because of how fast paced it was. It was “Must See TV” to me!

Jp
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Jp

Totally agreed. I wish OLTL was still on today.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I totally agree! Maybe not every story was gold, but it was so much better under RC’s writing than previous head writers! The Tale Of Two Todd’s was an unbelievable shot in the arm that boosted the ratings and — in my opinion — one of the best stories ever on daytime

brian
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brian

Please ABC give us back our One Life To Live

Kevin Crain
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Kevin Crain

Regarding one life to live. I miss it as well. The only good thing happened was the stupid shows they replaced it with are no longer on

Kim Staub
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Kim Staub

Miss one life to live everyday. Love thst show and all the drama. Love all the actors and actresses.

4ever fan
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4ever fan

Maybe it sounds cliche but the show had one thing that i can only describe as ‘heart.’ With all the streaming options these days i wish someone would get the rights and run it from the beginning to end.

Kathy
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Kathy

I was so upset when they cancelled the show, I boycotted ABC for a long time.

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to Guest Star on UK Soap EastEnders

Royalty is coming to the long-running Uk soap opera, EastEnders, in time for the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth on the throne.

In a special episode to air on June 2nd, and just before the holiday weekend in the UK for the Platinum Jubilee, Charles, The Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will appear in story for a street party scene about the jubilee.

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According to Deadline, The royal couple filmed their cameo roles back in March.

EastEnders cast member, Kellie Bright, who plays pub owner Linda Carter, and appears in the key scenes, shared on Charles and Camilla adventure on to the soap: “They didn’t really know what to expect.  I mean, it must have been nerve-wracking for them and completely out of their norm. So I just hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.”

The series EP Chris Crenshaw stated: “It was an extremely special day that will go down in EastEnders‘ history.”

So, what do you think of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall making an appearance on the popular soap? Comment below.

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Y&R’s Eileen Davidson and Beth Maitland Honored with 40-Year Milestone Celebration (PHOTOS)

This week, The Young and the Restless celebrated the milestone of two of their all-time favorite performers; Daytime Emmy winners Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Beth Maitland (Traci). The two actresses were honored for their 40th anniversary with the CBS daytime drama series.

Many of the cast, crew and creatives took a time out from production to pay tribute to their castmates and their contributions to the show, and their numerous dramatic and romantic storylines over the years.

 

Speaking at the event were Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) the on-screen brothers to both actresses, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) who had an on-screen romantic relationship with Ashley through the years, and Y&R’s executive producer, Tony Morina, among others.

 

Check out our photo gallery of some of the moments captured and share your congratulations to Eileen and Beth for a job well-don in the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Ashley or Traci moment over the years!

Peter Bergman salutes his on-screen sisters, Eileen and Beth.
B&B and Ex-Y&R star. Don Diamont, of course, was part of the festivities given his on-screen history as GC's Brad.
Eric Braeden shares some stories on working with Eileen and Beth.
Remember when Ashley and Victor were a romantic duo?
Cupcakes were the order of the day!
Y&R's Jason Thompson, Lauralee Bell and Christian LeBlanc were on-hand to celebrate Eileen and Beth's milestone.
Enemies on-screen, good friends in real-life ... Beth Maitland with Tracey E. Bregman.
Eileen Davidson strikes a pose with hubby, Vincent Van Patten.
Girls celebrating Beth! Kate Linder, Tracy E. Bregman, Camryn Grimes and Mishael Morgan.
It was a fun-filled and touching day for Eileen and Beth flanked by those who attended.
Peter Bergman salutes his on-screen sisters, Eileen and Beth.

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

Share you condolences to Marnie’s family and your thoughts in the comment section below.

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